We knew that we wanted to visit Ireland. We also knew that we did not want to be a part of a big busload of folks being carted to all the touristy sites. When I found Wild West Irish Tours online it sounded just right for us.
The first two couples we mentioned it to immediately wanted to come along. Our group of 6 friends consisted of 5 people and one lady. Two other compatible, fun loving ladies joined us. We had such a wonderful time, The bed and breakfast was perfect: clean spacious rooms, plentiful tasty breakfasts and a friendly owner/hostess, who welcomed us as family. Her knowledge and love of Ireland and her countryside shone through.
We also had as guides acclaimed experts such as an anthropologist who shared with us the ancient Carrowmore Tombs, steeped in fascinating legends, in the area where he grew up. We took walks in the enchanted Dooney Woods and saw beautiful waterfalls and lakes, always taking in the special atmosphere while hearing the local stories that surround these places.
A spontaneous “hoolie” was part of a boat ride on The Rose of Innisfree, giving us a taste of the joy and enthusiasm found among the Irish people. We had another taste of Irish Music at a concert in a local music hall and at an evening of Irish dance just for us at the bed and breakfast.
Our visit to Coney Island never could have been attempted by a bus tour. We drove out to the island at low tide. The area is beautiful, with the mountains, especially Benbulben, in the background. It is pastoral with the grazing animals, historic with the ruined fort, nautical with distant sailboats in the bay, legendary with St. Patrick’s Wishing Chair, and welcoming with the tiny pub run by the only family still living on the island. The visit to the Lissadell Alpine Garden was a great treat since May seems to be the best time of year for the vast selection of plants to be in bloom. Oh, and the food was delicious everywhere!
This is just a sample of the adventure we had with our Wild West Irish Signature Tour, and we understand that every tour is a little different.
Thank you Wild West Irish Tours!. We hope to see you again soon.